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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Secrets of Strangers

Many of us are aware of the divisive rhetoric over the so-called issue of 'illegal' immigration and immigration reform.

As the two political sides continue to debate over what to do about an issue that seems to have no end in sight, nor the chance of going away, one person wants America to see the issue in a slightly different, dare we say, human way.

Take a look at "The Secrets of Strangers" by Honduran-born TV host Rosci Diaz.  

The video, posted on You Tube on June 10th, comes on the heels of recent reports stemming from the transport of underage illegal immigrants and how they are being treated in detention, or 'holding' centers while waiting to be processed.

Diaz tries to show the fear and anguish that is imposed upon undocumented people living in the U.S.

The issue of illegal immigration reform is believed to partially be the reason Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost his seat as House Majority Leader during this week's Virginia primaries.

Cantor says he will leave his post on July 31.

While Cantor and his Republican colleagues claim they are in favor of immigration reform, the party has yet to come up with what is deemed to be a clear policy on the issue.

Cantor lost to Republican Dave Brat, a college economics professor from the Glen Allen region of Richmond, Virginia.

From the Brat website:

"As a life long Republican and economist, I know how to get our economy back on track, get our citizens back to work, restore our credit rating, and secure a better future for our children and grandchildren. I am committed to being a servant-leader as our Founders intended, and I look forward to the opportunity to fight for you in Washington." 

President Obama emphasized that Congress must act to pass commonsense immigration reform and that there is no excuse for House Republicans to continue delaying action.

Earlier this week the president met with nurses from across the country to discuss commonsense immigration reform, citing that the first line of defense if a laborer is injured, is a nurse.

More from the White House

"By reforming our legal immigration system we can bolster public health by providing immigrant nurses an opportunity to stay in the United States legally and grow their skills, while also attracting the best and brightest immigrants from around the globe to help meet the needs of our growing health care industry."

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